On Exhibit at Fruitlands Museum

Current Exhibitions

Fruitlands Museum is committed to sharing the unique perspectives of artists, both historical and contemporary. The frequently changing exhibitions offer a wide variety of selections from Fruitlands' collections, other museum and private collections, and contemporary artists from the New England region.

2015 Art in Nature

Fruitlands is proud to welcome 14 sculptors to the Museum for our biannual juried outdoor sculpture competition. Art in Nature consists of 20 works placed throughout the vast Fruitlands campus. Be sure to pick up your ballot in the Wayside Visitor Center to vote for your favorite pieces!

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For the very first time this year’s Artists-in-Residence is a group.  The whimsically self-titled 80 Dusty Fingers consists of eight accomplished pastel artists.   From July 12 to September 8, there will be a formal exhibit of their work in the Art Gallery, featuring some of the amazing pastels produced at the Museum so far during their residency as well as previous work. 

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Gifts of the Saggar Fire is an exhibit by award-winning potter Irina Okula. Irina uses natural combustible materials in the firing process. The pots are made of earthenware clay and fired twice. Prior to the second firing, the work is broken into several pieces and the organic materials are placed in and around the individual pieces into separate saggars or containers, and fired in a gas kiln.  The fire and natural materials dance upon the clay and leave exciting random marks. The patterns left by the process invoke the fiery chaos of nature, contrasted with the calm and serene patterns reminiscent of cloudy skyscapes and geologic formations. After firing in the saggar the pieces are glued back together.

Permanent Collections

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In June of 1843, Bronson Alcott, Charles Lane and a handful of followers left Concord and moved to this farmhouse in Harvard,Massachusetts.  Alcott brought his wife and four young daughters, including a 10 year old Louisa May Alcott.  They called this place Fruitlands because they intended to live off the "fruits of the land".  

Albert Bierstadt, San Rafael

The Hudson River School collection has been temporarily stored while we share exhibits of contemporary pastels and ceramics in the Art Gallery. Join us on September 19, 2015 when we open an exhibit called Hidden Hudson that will highlight many rarely seen Hudson River landscapes from our collection. The exhibit will run through November 8.

Among Fruitlands extensive collection of Hudson River School landscapes, the Art Gallery features two works by Albert Bierstadt. The Hudson River School is a nineteenth century American art movement which focused on depicting a romanticized vision of an unexplored American landscape.

Native American Gallery at Fruitlands Museum

Our Native American collection includes over 1000 objects divided between New England, the Plains, Southwest, and Northwest Coast culture areas. Standing outside the Native American Museum, look out over the Nashua River valley and imagine what life was like here thousands of years ago.  We collaborate with Native Americans from all across the country to interpret the Native American past and present.

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Fruitlands holds one of the largest collections of vernacular portraits in the country. During the nineteenth century, New Englanders became increasingly interested in the concept of self representation through art.

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The Shaker Museum at Fruitlands was originally constructed in the Harvard Shaker Village in 1796 as an office. Fruitlands Museum founder, Clara Sears, moved it to Fruitlands Museums in 1920 after the Harvard Shaker village closed.
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The story of Fruitlands is the history of an evolving landscape. Located in rural Harvard, Massachusetts, Fruitlands has an unparalleled view across the Nashua River valley. Our 210 acre grounds is composed of varying cultural traditions and ecological habitats, we tell stories about the New England past.

Native Americans, Shakers, Transcendentalists, and nineteenth century artists each represent an important moment in the history of our New England landscape.